Media Release

Regulator praises our mortuary’s good working practices

The mortuary at QEH has been rated highly in its latest inspection report.

The staff of four have received praise for following good working practices and running “exceptionally clean, tidy and well organised” premises. It was noted that the department’s working ensured the dignity of deceased patients.

Each year the mortuary receives about 1,600 deceased patients each year from the hospital and the community.

Site visit inspection reports by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) are held regularly to ensure compliance with its licensing standards.

The most recent report highlighted several areas of good working practices including:

  • exceptionally clean, tidy and well organised premises
  • the system to transfer bodies to the mortuary
  • porter training
  • documentation and whiteboards
  • visitors having to read and sign guidelines which detail important information and rules

The report acknowledged the mortuary team’s “professional and proactive approach”, adding: “[They] are very enthusiastic and conscientious, demonstrating a high level of compassion and care for the work they undertake.”

Anatomical pathology technologist Sarah Hill said: “We’re a small team and together we work hard to provide the best service possible – it’s a real team effort. The report is a pat on the back for everyone.

“However, while the findings are pleasing, we are always looking at ways to improve how we work to make the service as efficient and effective as possible.”


Photo caption: Mortuary lead Simon Baker with (from left) mortuary assistant Anna Kelly, bereavement support officer Jo Hayes and anatomical pathology technologist Sarah Hill.

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